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Poster: Wibs Date: Aug 3, 2010 7:03am
Forum: texts Subject: Searching within all books

Google Books allows you to either search all books containing a search term within its title, or author field, and even for a word or term WITHIN all its books.

This is very powerful when creating a bibliography of all books that discuss a particular topic, person, place etc.

I have not found if it is possible to search within all the books in the Internet Archive for a particular word, person, place. I tried the Advanced Search, search in ALL fields, and put the name of a place in Yorkshire I am researching, namely 'Bubwith', that produces zero hits (although Bubwith is mentioned within hundreds, if not thousands, of books).

Is it possible to do a search within all books?


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Poster: stbalbach Date: Aug 3, 2010 10:19am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Searching within all books

This is one of the "Unofficial FAQ" questions:


#. How do I full-text search across all books on Internet Archive?

Search Full Text, via OpenLibrary.


Unfortunately it looks like OpenLibrary has changed its search options and no longer does full text search.

Google might work. For example to search for all occurrences of "Balbach" on Internet Archive, use this search:

filetype:txt Balbach

It assumes Google has index'd all books on the Archive, and that all the books have a .txt version.